It’s barely 150 years since New York was aÂ bustling city of immigrants from across the world.
But it seems that the skyline that onceÂ greeted visitors is virtually unrecognisable from the same scene inÂ 1876.
All that remains is the iconic BrooklynÂ Bridge which was just being built to connect two districts of the Big Apple.
The changes are shown in a startlingÂ composite picture of the skyline over the decades, starting with 1876, goingÂ into 1932 and 1988 and finishing in 2013.
The first grainy black and white image,Â published online by Urban Peek,Â shows the bustling city with ships lining the dock yards in DowntownÂ Manhattan.
The tallest building in the city appears toÂ be a church spire close to Tribeca. But with the industrial revolution bringingÂ great wealth to the city it was soon to be transformed. Over the next 60 yearsÂ dozens of imposing building shot up across New York – including the Empire StateÂ Building which was the tallest in the world when it was built on Fifth Avenue inÂ 1931.
Just behind the Empire State Building is TheÂ Chrysler Building, which was built on the East Side of Manhattan in 1930. By nowÂ the Brooklyn Bridge had been completed and a second crossing, the ManhattanÂ Bridge, had been finished a short distance away.
Despite the Great Depression ravaging many of the city’sÂ residents throughout the 1930s, New York soon recovered. The scene in the nextÂ image taken in 1988 shows how the city had been transformed from a hub ofÂ industry to the financial capital of the U.S.
Gone are the ship yards once full of dockersÂ and trawlers and in their place are are clean-cut avenues lined with restaurantsÂ and cafes. More skyscrapers have been built, and the buildings in the financialÂ district and down to Battery Park now tower along the bay likeÂ fortresses.
Most noticeable though are the twin towers ofÂ the World Trade Centre now dwarfing the other buildings in the city. A briefÂ look at the latest picture from 2013 shows a gap where they once stood. In itsÂ place is Freedom Tower, commemorating the victims of the 9/11 terroristÂ attacks.
Despite a quarter of a century passingÂ between 1988 and 2013, the structural changes to the city’s skylines are not asÂ dramatic as in earlier years.
A handful of new towers have been built andÂ more buildings have appeared to in the right hand corner of the latest image,Â stretching further north in Manhattan.